We’ve all read how long you should keep your mascaras, eye creams and lipsticks but honestly – when was the last time you really spring cleaned your make up bag?
If that makes you feel a little uneasy then ask yourself this... When was the last time you spring cleaned your hair products/tools!?
If you can’t remember the last time you gave your hair and the products you use a good cleanse then follow this advice to achieve top spring cleaning fairy points!
Clean your hairbrushes:
Your hairbrush accumulates broken hair, build up from hair products, scalp oil, dirt... the list goes on. To avoid brushing this onto your clean hair, give them a clean! You can do this by simply removing as much hair as possible from the bristles to start. Then, as you would to clean your hair, apply a little shampoo to a sink of warm water and submerge your hairbrush into the soapy water to loosen the dirt. Then give it a swish, a rinse and a shake then leave it to dry on the side of the bath – all ready for when you next wash your hair.
Change your products:
Hair products generally have longer expiration dates than make up products – but that doesn’t mean that tube of blue ‘hair mascara’ from the 90s is acceptable to still keep for when it is next back in fashion. Check the expiration dates on the manufacturer's label – as a guide see below for how often you should replace your hair products.
Out with the old and in with the new:
Hair gel: 2- 3 years
Hair spray: 2-3 years
Shampoo and conditioner: 2 years
Hair mousse: 2 years
Heat protection creams/ sprays: 2 years
Shine up your styling tools:
You may find over time, your ceramic straighteners or curling tongs may have ‘burnt on’ marks from using styling products such as heat protection sprays or creams. These can cause your straighteners to work less effectively because they need the smooth ceramic coating to smooth and style your hair. To remove this build up simply warm your straighteners or tongs and use a wet wipe or antibacterial wet wipe and simply rub the build up off. Do this each time you use them, or at least once a week.